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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

“Operation Green Reaper”

posted by on April 23 at 11:30 AM

When dealing with society’s most volatile criminal element, armed raids on private residences are absolutely necessary. Um, like to arrest these folks:

Police and federal agents have been raiding indoor marijuana growing operations at houses in the Seattle area.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 14 people and two companies have been indicted.

Federal agents and police called a 1 p.m. Wednesday news conference at the federal building in Seattle to discuss the raids and the investigation they call “Operation Green Reaper.”

The very practice of no-knock drug raids has come under fire lately on Slog, as I’ve written about here and here, but also in Georgia where police are on the defense for killing a 92-year old woman in her home in a drug raid based on a faulty warrant. How many of these sorts of raids have gone awry? Check out this map of paramilitary raids from the Cato institute.


But apparently the local feds and the “police” (I assume that’s the SPD) think it’s all worth it in the name of stopping pot. Of course, the busts make no difference in the pot market. The raids and this afternoon’s press conference are all for show.

Thanks to Slog tipper Sparky.

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LEA's don't WANT to make a difference, that's not the point. The point is to make it LOOK like they're making a difference, even if reality says otherwise.

After all, if they REALLY made a difference, and were actually EFFECTIVE at reducing the amount of illegal narcotics available, eventually they'd run out of growing/manufacturing operations to bust, and additionally they'd run out of fodder for that for-profit Incarceration Industry we've been discussing below.

And that would all be "bad for business", as the free-marketeers like to say.

Posted by COMTE | April 23, 2008 12:26 PM

Uh...While I agree that no-knock raids are bad, the Cato Institute is a bunch of crazies.

Posted by Original Monique | April 23, 2008 12:40 PM

Two things:
1) Dan loves anus so much! He loves his own, he loves other mens in bathrooms, he loves Terry's. He has loved thousands of anus's over the course of his lifetime of buggering. Anything that offends the "anui" of the world is like watching the holocaust happen in front of him. To Dan, the persecution of anus's is like watching his best friend get gassed by nazis at aushwitz.
2) I love it when arrogant and ignorant city folk encounter something from the more rural part of this country. Not that any of you have actually shot a deer. No. Yet you go the extra step and conclude that someone who does is a serial killer. BRILLIANT!!! You guys sure do know a lot about life! I mean, between preening yourselves for a trip down to the glory hole, laughing at homeless people and finding new and exciting ways to make your hair look like shit, how do you have the time to chortle at the backwards ways of the common folk?
I take solace in the fact that city will turn into virtual slaughterhouses and you assholes will become cannibals when the impending collapse happens. That is, until you die from some ungodly illness picked up because you have no idea why it's important to core out your prey's asshole.

Posted by ecce homo | April 23, 2008 12:44 PM

LOL! e.c. astroturfs - himself!

Posted by COMTE | April 23, 2008 1:43 PM

Has anyone ever watched jPod (on the CBC)?

That's my idea of grow operations ... well, except for Alan Thicke as the dad ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 23, 2008 1:51 PM

@2: Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

Posted by Greg | April 23, 2008 1:52 PM

Looks like North Dakota is a good place to grow pot!

Posted by Smokey | April 23, 2008 4:03 PM

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